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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    I made a pillow case on my treadle. I did use the Janome for overcasting the top closed. This is my first item on the treadle. I discovered that the treadle does not do away with Jack. :| The over all experience was an educational one. I discovered I could not thread the shuttle. Thank goodness for hubby. I had the needle fall out and could not get it in straight. It was very interesting here last night. A lot of learning experiences. All and all I would say that I really like my treadle. I can hardly wait for my cabinet to come back so I can try my 66. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Sharon, I don't remember hearing a clunking sound when I use my treadle. In fact, it sits behind the sofa and I was treadling away a few nights ago while my husband and girl friend watched TV. They didn't seem to notice anything either other than the sewing machine stitching away.

    Nancy
    Well, my--aren't we liberal!! (Sorry, couldn't stop myself.)
    Oh &*&%R%^**^ it took me awhile to get this, but now I can't stop laughing! You made my night, Miz Johnny! My husband thinks I am crazy sitting in here laughing out loud!!!!!

    I guess that did sound funny. We can't call our female friends girl friends anymore???? Oh I don't care, I have several girl friends, and this one was visiting from out of state!

    Nancy
    we call them friend girls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    Although I am the Happy Treadler, I also do love any and all vintage machines. My SIL's dad called me last week to say he's got an old machine that he would really like to give me, and that if I don't take it will go to the curb. Of course I couldn't let that happen, so we had a rendezvous at the bus stop to meet (no, I didn't tell DH I was getting yet ANOTHER machine, allbeit free).

    This is a picture of the machine, and I have to say I SO fell in love with it! I LOVE the color, LOVE the vertical bobbin that inserts from the FRONT (unlike the other vertical bobbins that go in on the side), and even though my intentions were to pass this one along, I have to say she's now home where she belongs. I really did need a machine with a "ZZ" capability & fancy stitches set up in my sewing room. She adds color to my sewing room, and is one of very few electric machines that are included in my 'herd'. She's a Japanese repo of the Singer 15 (called a Universal, and I just can't get over how well-built this machine is. AND she weighs a ton! Just needed to clean her up and give her a good drink (geez, she was so thirsty she squeaked!). Happy happy me. :)
    Very NICE machine! Just read that it has potted motor. So, no treadling there.

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    I love the cool retro look and color!! My husband's uncle gave me a machine that he got when he had worked at a garment factory, and ordered his wife one from a salesman, that looked similar to yours, where the tension dial is, where that red dot is on the door that opens the face, but had no badge on it. He seems to recall it being a Newhome, but I cannot find the name on it anywhere. Either way, mine is from the mid70's with the "woodgrain" plate on the front, uses cams, that the aunt finally found, and does a lot of tricks. Heavy duty machine, and good to have on hand.

    Melinda

    P.S. I like the way we all rescue machines from the curb. The one he gave me was headed to the dump.

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    Although I am the Happy Treadler, I also do love any and all vintage machines. My SIL's dad called me last week to say he's got an old machine that he would really like to give me, and that if I don't take it will go to the curb. Of course I couldn't let that happen, so we had a rendezvous at the bus stop to meet (no, I didn't tell DH I was getting yet ANOTHER machine, allbeit free).

    This is a picture of the machine, and I have to say I SO fell in love with it! I LOVE the color, LOVE the vertical bobbin that inserts from the FRONT (unlike the other vertical bobbins that go in on the side), and even though my intentions were to pass this one along, I have to say she's now home where she belongs. I really did need a machine with a "ZZ" capability & fancy stitches set up in my sewing room. She adds color to my sewing room, and is one of very few electric machines that are included in my 'herd'. She's a Japanese repo of the Singer 15 (called a Universal, and I just can't get over how well-built this machine is. AND she weighs a ton! Just needed to clean her up and give her a good drink (geez, she was so thirsty she squeaked!). Happy happy me. :)

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    I went to check on my cabinet to see how it is coming along. I talked to Carlos who is doing the work. He said to use Guardsman Wood Polish on the wood. I had taken a drawer which I had used Scott's liquid gold on, in to check the color. He put some polish on the drawer and what a difference. He told me I could get it at Ace Hardware and it was inexpensive. Kathie

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    Vintagemotif:
    Just read that it has potted motor. So, no treadling there.

    I was actually wrong - this machine IS treadle-able! I'd have my 'zz' treadle if I'd want to drop it into my Singer cabinet. That's the first thing my one good friend told me. I'll probably leave it an electric machine since I don't have many, but it's nice to know I have the option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    Vintagemotif:
    Just read that it has potted motor. So, no treadling there.

    I was actually wrong - this machine IS treadle-able! I'd have my 'zz' treadle if I'd want to drop it into my Singer cabinet. That's the first thing my one good friend told me. I'll probably leave it an electric machine since I don't have many, but it's nice to know I have the option.
    I have been looking for a machine that would work that way for zig-zag and some decorative stitching in a treadle. Congrats on your excellent find. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I went to check on my cabinet. Carlos said to use Guardsman Wood Polish on the wood. I had taken a drawer which I had used Scott's liquid gold on, in to check the color. He put some polish on the drawer and what a difference. He told me I could get it at Ace Hardware and it was inexpensive. Kathie
    Guardsman is what we use to do the antique hardwood furnishings, railings, pews, and other curli cues in the old Lutheran church once a year. It's great stuff and a little goes a long way. I recommend the wipe on, not the spray - better for the environment and less waste of product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I went to check on my cabinet. Carlos said to use Guardsman Wood Polish on the wood. I had taken a drawer which I had used Scott's liquid gold on, in to check the color. He put some polish on the drawer and what a difference. He told me I could get it at Ace Hardware and it was inexpensive. Kathie
    Guardsman is what we use to do the antique hardwood furnishings, railings, pews, and other curli cues in the old Lutheran church once a year. It's great stuff and a little goes a long way. I recommend the wipe on, not the spray - better for the environment and less waste of product.
    He used a plastic squirter bottle. Is that the one you are refering to? Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Guardsman is what we use to do the antique hardwood furnishings, railings, pews, and other curli cues in the old Lutheran church once a year. It's great stuff and a little goes a long way. I recommend the wipe on, not the spray - better for the environment and less waste of product.
    He used a plastic squirter bottle. Is that the one you are refering to? Kathie
    Probably. The spray cans are areosol. yuck. No mistaking them for what they are. The stuff I use is a rather pasty liquid... put some on a cloth, rub it on then use a clean cloth to buff it off. Guardsman has a couple different formulas. I know that we use the heavy duty stuff on that church (national historic place), and it cleans, preserves, and shines. Doesn't add to the build up of wax like say.. pledge would. That's cause it's cleaning the old stuff off, along with the years worth of grime. It also has a penetrant oil in it, so that the wood doesn't dry out.

    But if a wood is really really thirsty, then I'd put a true oil polish on it first and let it soak it in. Teak oil for teak wood, linseed oil for other woods, lemon oil sometimes too. Depends. My method is 'trial by guessing'! I try a bit on each piece, to see what the wood likes. My cherry Baldwin piano from my grandmother, likes lemon oil - with a coat of Guardsman over the top. I suspect it has to do with finish on the piano.

    There's a guy on here, Glenn, who is a professional refinisher. You can ask him your questions about wood, old cabinets, refinishing, polishing, etc. and he can give you better advice. Glenn?

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